A Parent's Guide to High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

A Parent's Guide to High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

How to Meet the Challenges and Help your Child Thrive

Book - 2014
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Packed with real-life stories and everyday problem-solving ideas, this book has given many tens of thousands of parents the facts they need about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome. The authors are leading experts who describe ways to work with these kids' unique impairments and capabilities so they can grow into happy, self-sufficient adults. Parents learn practical strategies for helping their son or daughter relate more comfortably to peers, learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and succeed in school. The book also discusses what scientists currently know about ASD and how it is diagnosed, as well as what treatments and educational supports have been shown to work. Updated with the latest research, resources, and clinical strategies, the second edition clearly explains the diagnostic changes in DSM-5.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Guilford Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781462517473
Branch Call Number: 618.92 Ozo 3565
Characteristics: 308 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: McPartland, James C.
Dawson, Geraldine


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Aug 03, 2015

There is no such thing as high-functioning or low-functioning Autism. Autism is a spectrum, and that means that some people will have higher functioning areas and lower functioning areas within themselves. A "low-functioning" kid may just not be able to talk but be actually quite good at math and reading, and a "high-functioning" kid may be able to talk or do okay in school but have constant meltdowns. "Low-functioning" Autistic people are often told that they are not able to do anything, while "High-functioning" Autistic people are often treated like they have no disability at all. Functioning labels are both discrimination and just downright inaccurate.
This book is written under the impression that high and low functioning Autism exist, which it simply does not. Every Autistic person will have strengths, and weaknesses, and those may change day-to-day. I do not support ableism.

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